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Environmental Regulatory Compliance for Mining

Trinity takes pride in understanding not only the regulatory issues affecting our clients’ facilities, but also in understanding their industry and the unique associated challenges. Our consultants' knowledge of the mining industry reflects experience gained through many recent and ongoing projects. Trinity's consulting professionals with mining expertise collaborate and communicate frequently to discuss related issues and recent regulatory developments. We have over 125 mining clients and have completed more than 700 projects for mining facilities, giving Trinity the expertise to assist your facility with its environmental compliance needs. These project experiences, and our participation with various associations and support groups keep us informed about the many environmental issues facing the industry. 

Environmental Regulatory Round Up

The mining industry continues to face numerous regulatory changes. The following is a summary of several key issues: 

  • In June 2015, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers released a final draft on the Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States.” In the final rule, the agencies sought regulatory specifications for “tributaries,” “adjacent” waters, and a residual jurisdictional adjudication. The final rule specifically excludes some physical features, such as: wastewater treatment facilities, some ditches, “prior converted cropland,” artificially created bodies, and “puddles.”
  • In May 2015, the Senate introduced the “Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act” (ARENA), which would address EPA’s proposed rules for both new and existing power plants. Among other things, the bill would extend the rule’s compliance dates pending final judicial review, including the dates for submission of state plans.
  • In December 2014, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) stated that federal agencies should incorporate climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) considerations into National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews of federal actions.
  • EPA revisions to the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS): If set at a value of 70 ppb or less, the new standard could cause a large portion of the country to become classified as non-attainment, creating major permitting hurdles for new projects (including LAER and offsets).  

Recent Projects

  • Trinity supported the operation renewal of an idle mine with all facets of the Clean Air Act requirements (including permit application, controls review, dispersion modeling, and stakeholder negotiations)
  • Trinity supported the expansion of several mining operations by performing NEPA and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) evaluations
  • Trinity participated in high level, corporate meetings for several clients to review potential PSD and PSD-avoidance permitting strategies for planned expansion projects
  • Trinity conducted an EMIS Needs Assessment to assist in the analysis and potential selection of a best-fit system solution

For assistance with air quality or other environmental challenges, contact your local Trinity office at (800) 229-6655 or one of our Mining experts listed above.

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